Comprehensive Glaucoma Treatment in Calgary

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Your Home For Glaucoma Management & Treatment

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness around the world. Vector Eye Centre provides patients with the highest quality care available to treat their glaucoma, to help prevent permanent vision loss.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a progressive disease of the optic nerve, generally caused by raised intraocular pressure. Glaucoma can occur at any age; however, it is more common in adults over the age of sixty.

One of the main reasons glaucoma tends to affect the quality of your vision is because the disease is virtually undetectable, particularly in the early stages, without an eye exam. Glaucoma progressively steals your peripheral vision but may not show any symptoms for years. The damage it can cause, if not treated, is permanent and cannot be reversed.

Types of Glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma, also known as chronic or primary glaucoma, is one of the most common forms of the disease. It develops slowly over time due to too much fluid being produced, or not enough fluid being drained through the trabecular meshwork (the drainage canals that funnel fluid out of the anterior chamber between the corneal and iris).

The chronic increase in fluid raises your intraocular pressure (IOP), which can cause permanent damage to your optic nerve.

Open-angle glaucoma develops asymptomatically; however, it can be detected by an optometrist or ophthalmologist during a comprehensive eye exam. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, your eye care provider will recommend a treatment program to help protect your eyes from possible vision loss.

Normal-tension glaucoma occurs when your optic nerve becomes damaged, but your IOP levels do not rise. Factors such as poor blood flow to your optic nerve may be a contributor.

Unlike open-angle glaucoma, acute angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the drainage angle between the cornea and iris becomes chronically or suddenly blocked. This completely halts the drainage of the aqueous humour and can rapidly raise the IOP. Symptoms include the sudden onset of blurry vision, headache, eye pain, and nausea.

Acute angle-closure glaucoma is considered to be a medical emergency and needs to be treated immediately to prevent permanent vision loss. If you believe you may be suffering from acute-angle closure glaucoma, please visit your nearest emergency room.

Advanced Glaucoma Symptoms

Open-angle glaucoma is generally asymptomatic until your optic nerve is significantly damaged in its advanced stages. At this point you may expect to experience:

  • Blind spots in one or both of your eyes. These blind spots can develop in your peripheral or central vision.
  • Tunnel vision.
  • Blindness.

Acute angle-closure glaucoma develops rapidly and can have a serious negative impact on your vision and health. You may be experiencing an acute angle-closure glaucoma attack if:

  • You experience a severe headache
  • Feel pain in one or both eyes
  • You begin to experience nausea or vomiting
  • Your vision begins to blur
  • You see halos around lights
  • Your eyes become very red

If you begin to experience these symptoms, please visit your nearest emergency room for assistance.

Glaucoma Treatments Offered at Vector Eye Centre

At Vector Eye Centre, we pride ourselves on the ability to provide excellent care and management strategies for patients suffering from glaucoma. In addition to IOP lowering medications, we offer in-office laser procedures designed to increase the flow of the aqueous humour through the eye to lower IOP levels.

Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a laser procedure that is applied to the trabecular meshwork, the drainage system of your eye, improving flow of the aqueous humour. SLT is used to help treat various types of open-angle glaucoma.

YAG peripheral iridotomy is a laser surgery that creates a hole in the iris, the coloured part of your eye. This tiny hole increases the flow of aqueous humour from the front to the back of the eye. This procedure is generally used to prevent and treat patients with acute angle-closure glaucoma.

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If you believe you could benefit from the procedures we offer, please contact us.

We look forward to helping you achieve better vision and healthy eyes.

Visit Our Office

Our office is located on the South side of North Hill Mall in the professional building. Please note there is no entrance to our clinic from the mall.

Where to Park?

We offer plenty of free 3-hour parking right outside our clinic, and we are easily accessible from Lion’s Park Station located on 14th Ave. NW.

Our Address

Suite 1705, 1632 14 Ave. NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1M7

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Our Services

We offer a variety of refractive surgery options including ICL, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), LASIK, and PRK. During ICL and Refractive Lens Exchange an intraocular lens is used to correct your vision. LASIK and PRK use a laser to correct your prescription. We can help you achieve clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Refractive Surgery

Cataracts are a common condition that often develops with age. Diabetes, certain medications, and trauma can also increase cataract risk. We offer a variety of advanced cataract surgery and intraocular lens options.

Calgary’s Source for Excellent Cataract Care

We are a comprehensive ophthalmology office treating all types of eye conditions such as glaucoma, eyelid, eye surface, IOL, uveitis, retina problems and more. Our Ophthalmologists offer on-site laser and minor surgery to treat eye diseases.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Your cornea, the clear front part of your eye, refracts light entering your eye. When your cornea develops an issue, it can affect your whole vision. We offer a variety of treatments, including cornea transplants, corneal cross-linking, and PTK surgery.

Cornea Surgery & Crosslinking in Calgary

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